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Booking a BCG Vaccine at our clinic in BRISBANE

BCG is the vaccine that protects against Tuberculosis (TB). More info on the BCG is here.

BCG vaccine comes in multidose vials that only lasts a few hours once opened.

We only see children under 3 years of age for BCG. This means before their 3rd birthday. This vaccine is best given in the first 6-12 months of life.

We book those who need this vaccine into ‘BCG clinics’ to minimise waste and make it cheaper for those vaccinated.

The BCG is a live vaccine, so it ideally should be given on the same day, or one month apart from other live vaccines. (The routine 12 month and 18 month vaccines are ‘LIVE’ so the BCG vaccine must be given the same day or one month after or one month after the 12 and 18 month routine vaccines.)  Note that we can give these live routine vaccines in this clinic ( for free ) on the same day if required.

The BCG vaccine takes about 3 months to be fully effective so needs to ideally be given well in advance of first departure overseas. It can be given from birth.

Cost of BCG

as of 10/10/2023  (prices subject to change)

The cost to have the BCG is $328. The doctor’s consultation costs $140 and you will get back $79.70 from medicare.  The vaccine costs $188 and this may be claimed from your private health fund if you have ‘extras cover’. (So with medicare but no private health cover, the out-of-pocket cost is $248.30).

If your child has travelled out of Australia already, they need a Mantoux skin test, two days prior to the BCG.

So it is accurate, the Mantoux test must be done at least 3 months after the child’s return to Australia from an overseas trip.

Mantoux costs $156 for consult and test, and you get back $49.30 from medicare.

Please note as we are opening a multidose vial for the BCG clinics, if persons fail to give 24 hours notice for cancelling the appointment, we charge a $50 cancellation fee.

Before coming to our clinic – in Brisbane

Please bring the RED BOOK to your appointment. Please also bring a light sheet to swaddle your baby for the vaccine. We have some information here that gives tips on giving vaccines to children.  There is a study of babies receiving BCG that shows that babies suffer less pain from BCG if swaddled and breastfed within 45 mins before the vaccine, so do that if possible. We can only accommodate a maximum of two persons to accompany the child to their appointment.

Getting here – our clinic is in CBD BRISBANE

Central train station is only a 4 minute walk away.

If you need to drive, the closest parking is next door at the Post Office Square carpark. This is not our carpark but there is a 15% discount available for our customers, but you have to pay online before you come to the city using the secure parking website  –  full details click here. )

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